100% renewable targets will require power storage to manage flows on the net
Electrolysers utilise these intermittent power flows to produce H2 gas from water
H2 gas can be stored in large quantities underground and transported via existing gas pipelines
H2 vehicles recharge faster and are more durable than battery powered transport
Growing H2 demand in industrial processes will reduce costs and increase supply
Introduction

Along with the summer sun comes new opportunity and milestones for the future of hydrogen and fuel cell promotion and deployment.

The French Hydrogen Association (AFH2) and the French Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Platform (HyPaC) will join their efforts to accelerate the hydrogen and fuel cell technologies’ deployment in France in a new strong national structure which will federate the hydrogen and fuel cell community in France.

Materials Handling applications received a lift when Ballard Power Systems committed to purchase a minimum 3,250 fuel cell stacks over the next 18-month period, for use in the material handling market. The HyLIFT-DEMO project held it’s second project meeting this month in Herning, Denmark. During the meeting the prototype forklift for the project was presented. EHA is a partner in both HyLIFT-DEMO and the SHEL project, which will demonstrate fuel cell and hydrogen forklift truck applications in various sites in Europe.

HyFacts: course material for Regulators and Public Safety Officials
10 December, 2015HyFACTS aims to develop and initiate dissemination of training material for Regulators and Public Safety Officials. An online survey has been created which participants may review and submit the appropriate data on the authorization procedures and training of officials in your designated country or region.
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FCH JU Exhibition at the European Parliament
1 October, 2011The FCH Joint Undertaking is coordinating a joint exhibition of five European Technology Initiatives that will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels on 4-6 October 2011. The event will also include presentation of all the FCH JU major achievements and activities.
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Joint European Summer School for Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology
27 August, 2011The 1st joint European summer school for fuel cell and hydrogen technology will take place in Viterbo, Italy, 22 August – 2nd  September 2011.
The Summer School will now take a broader approach and address topics from the whole field of low and high temperature fuel cells as well as hydrogen technology.
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European Environment and Energy Business & Research Delegation – Kolkata, India
1 August, 2011The European Business and Technology Centre (EBTC) and the Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) invite interested EU companies and researchers to join the pan-European Business & Research Delegation to India, surrounding the ‘Environment and Energy Conclave’, 25 Aug -27 August 2011.
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Shell opens hydrogen service station with Linde technology in Germany
30 July, 2011Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH opened their first demonstration hydrogen station on June 20 2011  in Germany . It is located on the premises of Shell’s Sachsendamm service station in Berlin. The installation is equipped with innovative refuelling technology from Linde. The hydrogen to be dispensed there comes from a Linde pilot plant in Leuna which uses crude glycerol as feedstock. The demonstration station is part of Shell’s research and development programme for hydrogen technology and was established within the scope of the “Clean Energy Partnership” (CEP). The objective is to evaluate the technology and learn valuable lessons about costs, consumer behaviour, how to store hydrogen safely and dispense it efficiently to different vehicles – such as passenger cars and buses. The demonstration station in Berlin has the capacity to fill about 250 hydrogen-fuelled vehicles per day. However, the service station will predominantly be used for demonstration and research purposes, and for the time being an average of about 20 vehicles are to be filled there per day.
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1 Megawatt PEM Power Plant Transported to Solvay – Lillo, Netherlands
28 July, 2011Nedstack PEM fuel cells will generate electricity for Solvay’s chlorine plant in Lillo (near Antwerp). This PEM Power Plant, with a 1 MW capacity delivered by 12,600 fuel cell stacks, is the largest of this type in the world. The PEM Power Plant converts hydrogen, a by-product in the chlorine industry, into electricity and heat. This application is part of the European funded ”Hydrogen Region Flanders-South Netherlands”  project coordinated by WaterstofNet. The project was approved within the INTERREG IV Programme (a European program for cooperation) with a budget of 14 million euros. On 27th July 2011  the 1 MW PEM Power Plant was transported by low loader truck from Arnhem to Antwerp. It will be operational by September of this year.
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Association Française pour l’Hydrogène et les Piles à Combustible – AFHYPAC
27 July, 2011The French Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Platform General Assembly on June 21st announced evolution of the Platform. HyPaC and the “Association Française de l’Hydrogène” will join their efforts to accelerate hydrogen and fuel cell technologies’ deployment in France.
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HyLIFT-DEMO Project meeting in Denmark
27 July, 2011On July 4th 2011 the HyLIFT-DEMO project held its second project meeting in Herning, Denmark. During the meeting project partners were able to exchange actions and future developments. The hosts, H2 Logic, gave a tour of their premises and presented the hydrogen fuel cell forklift truck prototype to be deployed with the project demonstration sites. The HyLIFT-DEMO project will conduct a large scale demonstration of Fuel Cell Hydrogen (FCH) powered FLTs (Fork Lift Trucks), while building the business case to enable following deployment and introduction by 2013. This first small scale series production of FLT will seek to validate the value proposition and commercial and environmental targets by retrieving the data provided by the demonstration operation.
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Performing Life Cycle Assessments for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies: Training Course
27 July, 2011The FC-HyGuide project, funded by the European Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) is coordinating two training courses on the 1st and 29th of September based on the development of a guidance document and related training materials for LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) studies on fuel cells and hydrogen production.
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Ballard Announces Commitment From Plug Power to Purchase 3,250 Fuel Cell Stacks through 2012
27 July, 2011Ballard Power Systems  announced on July 19th 2011, a purchase order commitment from Plug Power Inc. for a minimum 3,250 fuel cell stacks over the next 18-month period, for use in the material handling market.
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